Academic Research & Writing

Research, Publications & Teaching

One of the principle directions in which Kirstin follows her curiosity is down the rabbit hole of literature, into a world of ideas and imagination. She currently researches and writes in the areas of Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Literature, with a particular focus on representations of the mind, dreams, space and the supernatural. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, with a doctoral thesis entitled Imagined Worlds: The Role of Dreams, Space, and the Supernatural in the Evolution of Victorian Fantasy (2014), having previously achieved her BA(Hons) from the same university.



In addition to her research into the frontiers of Victorian thinking on the mind, space, and the supernatural, she also teaches in Gothic Literature, Children’s Literature, and ‘Approaches to English Literature’ at Macquarie University, Australia, and travels to present her research at various conferences and events. Find out more below.


Victorian Literature, Victorian Fantasy, Gothic Literature, Romanticism, British Literature, Literature and Science, Literature and Psychology, the Supernatural, Space, Dreams, Representations of the Mind, Illustration and Art, Folklore and Fairy Tale, Children’s Literature, Medieval Literature.

Current Projects

Kirstin is continuing her research into the literary representations of dreams, the mind, space and the supernatural in Victorian Literature. She is currently preparing her first monograph on the subject.


– Australasian Victorian Studies Association
– British Association for Victorian Studies
– The Lewis Carroll Society
– The George MacDonald Society


See a full list of publications, including abstracts and links to content HERE.


‘Frankenstein in Hyperspace: The Return of Digital Technologies to the Origins of Virtual Space in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.’ Global Frankenstein. Ed. Carol Margaret Davison and Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. Forthcoming.

‘Dreaming into Hyperspace: The Victorian Spatial Imagination and the Origins of Modern Fantasy in MacDonald and Carroll.’ Informing the Inklings. Ed. M. J. Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey-Johnson. Winged Lion Press, 2018. Forthcoming.


‘At the Limits of Perception: Liminal Space and the Interrelation of Word and Image in Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, The Caste of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother.’ Image [&] Narrative 18.3 (2017).


‘Shelley Conference: Kirstin Mills on Mary Shelley and the Landscapes of the Mind.’ Interview with the Keats-Shelley Association of America. February, 2018.


Guest Speaker. ‘The Spoooooky Halloween Show.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 25 October 2017

Guest Speaker. ‘Twenty Years a Slay: A Celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 25 October 2017.

Guest Speaker. ‘Harry Potter and the Silent Intertexts.’ From the Lighthouse, Podcast by the English Department, Macquarie University, 10 May 2017.

[Full publications list]

Conferences & Teaching

Conferences & Events

Academic Teaching

On the Blog: Victorian Literature

Find out more about Kirstin’s research and interests in the blog posts below: